Atlantis special economic zone: technical investor brochure

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The ASEZ, City of Cape and the national government offer a range of attractive incentives for ASEZ investors and tenants. Some of the most relevant incentives are included below, but investors are encouraged to contact GreenCape or Wesgro for guidance on which will be available and most applicable.
Note: Not all national incentives are listed below given that opportunity periods can be short. Also, SEZ incentives will only be confirmed once the zone has received official designation, and relevant processes have been completed nationally.

Incentive name/type


SEZ Incentives (national, to be confirmed)

Preferential 15% Corporate Tax and Tax Relief

Businesses (as prescribed in section 24(4) of the SEZ Act) that are located in a SEZ may be eligible for a tax relief, including the reduced rate of corporate income taxation. In addition to satisfying the requirement of the SEZ Act, further criteria for some of the available tax incentives are stipulated in the Income Tax Act, 1962 (Act No.58 of 1962)

Building Allowance

Businesses and operations (prescribed in section 1 of the SEZ Act) operating within a SEZ may be eligible for tax relief, including the building allowance, subject to requirements contained in the Income Tax Act

Employment Tax Incentive

Businesses and operations operating within a SEZ may be eligible for tax relief, including employment tax incentives subject to requirements contained in the Employment Tax Incentive Act, 2013 (Act No. 26 of 2013)

Customs Controlled Area Tax Relief

Businesses and operations located within a customs controlled area of a SEZ will be eligible for tax relief as per the Value-Added Tax Act, 1991 (Act No. 89 of 1991), the Customs and Excise Act, 1964 (Act No. 91 of 1964), the Customs Duty Act 2014 (Act No. 30 of 2014) and the Customs Control Act, 2014 (Act No.31 of 2014)

12l Tax Allowance

The 12l Tax Incentive is designed to support greenfield investments (ie new industrial projects that utilise only new and unused manufacturing assets), as well as brownfields investments (ie expansion or upgrades of existing industrial projects). The new incentive offers support for both capital investment and training.

City of Cape Town Incentives (accessed through AIFO; availability confirmed)

Fee exemption

Development application fee exemption

Development contribution deferral/write off

Development contribution deferral / debt write off (capped to a maximum of R1 million)

Electricity tariff subsidy

Broadband connection fee waiver

Land purchase and lease arrangements

Attractive land purchase and lease arrangements for greenfield sites with environmental authorisations in place.

Site applications

A quick, clear, transparent application process for business sites.

Biodiversity offsets

Biodiversity offsets

Useful resources



Department of Trade and Industry (dti)

SEZ Investment Incentives

Department of Trade and Industry (dti)

SEZ Guide

City of Cape Town Investment Incentives Policy

City incentives for Atlantis (Atlantis Investment Operational Framework for the Administration of investment incentives)

  1. Property and land

    1. Land and zoning

The proposed land for the ASEZ encompasses the full extent of the Atlantis Industrial area. The area consists of existing businesses and undeveloped sites that include City of Cape Town greenfield sites, brownfield sites, privately held land, and other land owned by the city and province.
City of Cape Town greenfield sites: The City of Cape Town has made two large greenfield sites available – these sites have already been permitted and made available to greentech manufacturing enterprises. The image below shows the proposed area of the SEZ in blue, with the yellow blocks highlighting the City of Cape Town’s land.

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